Jobless rates in western Minnesota counties rose slightly in November.
The unemployment rate in Stevens County was one tenth of a point higher in November at 1.6 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other county rates include:
Big Stone 2.3 unchanged
Grant 2.8 +0.4
Pope 2.0 +0.2
Swift 2.3 +0.1
Traverse 2.3 +0.3
The comparable statewide jobless figure is 2.2 percent and nationwide it’s 3.5 percent.